Jahshua Smith x Stewrat – The Final Season [Album]

A while ago Jahshua Smith, emcee from Detroit, hit me up about his upcoming album, that would become The Final Season. He said,  I’m from Detroit and I’ve known Ryan (Stewrat) for years. He’s been my personal producer for a while now, and this next project is the first time I’ll be able to do a whole LP with solely his production… And…I never replied because … Continue reading Jahshua Smith x Stewrat – The Final Season [Album]

(Dose) – So This Is Where We Are [Album]

Jeremy Rike, a.k.a. Dose, a.k.a. slick sampler/electronic producer with a flair for extracting light, emotive snippets, has just dropped his newest album So This Is Where We Are. It’s a question we’ve all asked before: usually when it seems like everything is falling down around us: “So, this is where we are?” For me, the album seems to traverse the psyche of someone asking that … Continue reading (Dose) – So This Is Where We Are [Album]

StewRat – Comfort [Album]

“Love, Live, Life, Proceed, Progress,” describes StewRat‘s Comfort as perfectly as possible. It’s also the first sample on “LLLPP” and the thematic arc for the project. The album’s fifteen tracks are minimalistically titled beats, (i.e., “Cash”, “Honey”, “News”,) that are reminiscent of some found shopping list. Boom bap lovers and hip-hop heads will enjoy this release. Continue reading StewRat – Comfort [Album]

M▲GGZ™ – Day Dream [Mix]

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=2068260087/size=grande/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/ Maggz has a ‘z’ in his name because he’s edgy–an extra ‘g’ to avoid confusing his producing ability with tabloid magazines or bullet slang. He’s his own trademark. And, Day Dream is its own sound unlike anything he’s done before. The Columbus, Ohio producer earlier this year released a soulful, boom bop beat tape properly titled Soundscapes: Winter Selections because it’s cold. Its icy 808s bang and … Continue reading M▲GGZ™ – Day Dream [Mix]

M▲GGZ™ – Day Dream [Mix]

Maggz has a ‘z’ in his name because he’s edgy—an extra ‘g’ to avoid confusing his producing ability with tabloid magazines or bullet slang. He’s his own trademark. And, Day Dream is its own sound unlike anything he’s done before. The Columbus, Ohio producer earlier this year released a soulful, boom bop beat tape properly titled Soundscapes: Winter Selections because it’s cold. Its icy 808s bang and chilly … Continue reading M▲GGZ™ – Day Dream [Mix]

Ohio’s Dose or (Dose)–but don’t skim what’s in the parenthesis–recently released Moments EP. It’s a slew of Soundcloud releases and airy beats. But, wait! There’s more! For the low, low price of zilch, nada, nothing you can own another dope, fresh, ambient beat–“Future Vision”. It’ll sound good in your living room, your car, but what about headphones? Absolutely! And it’s yours at no cost to … Continue reading

Ohio’s Dose or (Dose)—but don’t skim what’s in the parenthesis—recently released Moments EP. It’s a slew of Soundcloud releases and airy beats. But, wait! There’s more! For the low, low price of zilch, nada, nothing you can own another dope, fresh, ambient beat—“Future Vision”. It’ll sound good in your living room, your car, but what about headphones? Absolutely! And it’s yours at no cost to … Continue reading

Mike Braugher – Headphones

Mike Braugher, Oberlin, Ohio kid, put together Auditory EP which sounds almost like a Rhymesayers release. “Headphones” starts smartly with, “My home is between headphones.” It creeps above a Jay Dee beat, until he’s singing, “Listen people, listen, listen to the funky rhymes I’ve been kicking. Feel it in my heart, know it in my brain, I aim to maintain, rehabilitate the game.” From the sounds … Continue reading Mike Braugher – Headphones

Dylan Ross x Doom – “Same Page”

Dylan Ross, 19 year-old Cleveland emcee, doesn’t seem to take himself seriously, which, is a good thing. “Dropping cluster bombs of knowledge on your ass” he starts. On a MF Doom track he fashions together a fake television broadcast, bees and selling drugs (but not selling drugs). He sings, “I’m feeling so alive, I’m feeling so enraged. I’ll feel even more alive when we’re on the … Continue reading Dylan Ross x Doom – “Same Page”